I read this book just about every October. It is truly one of my all time favorites. It has everything necessary for a good novel: beautiful prose, mystique, strong themes and an evil circus. If you have never read Ray Bradbury, read this book. If you have read Ray Bradbury, still read this book. If you have read all of his books including this one, read this book again. It is different from all of his other stories (although they are also wonderful).
Is it OK for your kids to read? Maybe not right before they go to bed... ;)
Stein is a writer unlike any I have read before. He masters the dog "voice" just as London does in Call of the Wild, but Stein does it in a way that helps you understand the modern man and his relationship with his dog. But this book is also about so much more. It's about family, tragedy, loyalty, temptation... etc. There is some strong language but honestly, coming from Enzo (the dog) the profanity is pretty ironic and hilarious. I highly recommend this book, but not if you are easily offended by profanity. There is some sexual content but not graphic.
Okay, so I have already reviewed this book and I tell pretty much everyone I come in contact with about it, but I just always want to talk about it because it's awesome. How do you not fall in love with a story about a blind French girl and a genius German boy whose every decision and action lead up to but a few quick moments together? The two children battle questions of morality and the evils of Nazism. It is a great read. Though it is genuinely heart breaking.
We all know the movie is hilarious. But guess what, the book is even better! It is funny, adventurous and clever. It's also a quick read. Great for spring break or summer reading!
If you say mystery is one of your favorite genres and you have never read anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, then you are wrong. He practically invented mystery. Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes has been done and redone in media, but this is the original. This is the real Sherlock, even better than...dare I say it... Benedict Cumberbatch.